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Chef's kitchen with center island and appliance package including dishwasher and wine fridge (Douglas Elliman) Chef's kitchen with center island and appliance package including dishwasher and wine fridge (Douglas Elliman)
At this time of year, the question of where to have Thanksgiving dinner is often determined by where it can be made. The typical New York City apartment is ill equipped to handle cooking demands of this magnitude, which is why some might find it easier to go to a restaurant or order takeout Thanksgiving meals. But with certain appliances and design features, multi-course meals are easier at Thanksgiving and all year round.

This article takes a look at kitchen features that dramatically streamline the cooking, prep, and storage processes. It also presents a selection of both approachable (under $2.5 million) and uber-luxury apartments featuring these coveted touches.

Double ovens
Double ovens in open kitchen Double ovens seen at 718 Broadway, #10A (Douglas Elliman)
When cooking Thanksgiving dinner, or indeed a multi-course meal at any time of year, one of the biggest challenges is how to time and cook dishes calling for different temperatures and times. More than one oven is a solution to this problem.

302 East 88th Street, #2G (Compass)

60 Pineapple Street, #4H (Compass)

Riverhouse - One Rockefeller Park, #9L (R New York)

Madison House, #58A (Douglas Elliman Real Estate)

Center island
Open kitchen with center island Center island in the kitchen of Vesta 24, #3A (Brown Harris Stevens)
Once the food is done cooking, the biggest challenge is where to cool and keep it until it’s time to serve, especially when there’s still prep work to be done. Center islands come in handy for both cooling dishes and continuing prep work, not to mention acting as the center of the kitchen and fostering a feeling of connection for all inside.

4 West 21st Street, #11B (Compass)

128 East 28th Street, #3B (Brown Harris Stevens Residential Sales LLC)

Maverick, #17B (Douglas Elliman Real Estate)

Fifteen Hudson Yards, #66B (Douglas Elliman Real Estate)

Pot filler
Chef's kitchen with pot filler over the stove Pot filler over the stove at 144 West 27th Street, #6R (Berkshire Hathwaway HomeServices New York Properties)
Even in a New York City apartment where the distance might not be especially great, it's no fun to lug a heavy pot of water from the sink to the stovetop. But with a pot filler (also known as a "pasta faucet") over the stove, the distance becomes nonexistent. This makes it a popular addition when homeowners redo their kitchens, and some designers of new developments have opted to include it from the start.

The Eldertree, #4B (Corcoran Group)

151 Newel Street, #2 (In House Group)

One Hundred Barclay Tribeca, #11G (Compass)

555 West End Avenue, #TownhouseNorth (Sothebys International Realty)

Wine fridge
Open kitchen with high-end appliances, including wine fridge Integrated wine fridge in the kitchen of 50 Clinton Street, #GARDENB (Compass)
For some, choosing which wine to serve with dinner is almost as big a decision as the food itself. Separate wine fridges have a way of eating up valuable counter space, but built-in wine fridges solve this problem and offer extra storage.

205 East 63rd Street, #6B (Corcoran Group)

267 1st Street, #7 (Corcoran Group)

7 Wooster Street, #3A (Douglas Elliman Real Estate)

Flatiron House, #20A (Corcoran Sunshine Marketing Group)

Open windowed kitchen Open kitchen with dishwasher at One Manhattan Square, #9L (Extell)
At the end of a meal, it’s a relief to be able to pile the dishes and cookware in the dishwasher and let that be the end of it. The machines have become a given in suburban houses, not to mention new construction condominiums, but are not guaranteed in older apartment buildings.

109 Troutman Street, #2A (Corcoran Group)

152 East 35th Street, #3A (Douglas Elliman Real Estate)

Reade57, #7BD (Nest Seekers LLC)

Fifteen, #10 (The Agency Brokerage)

Butler's pantries
Butler's pantry in Park Avenue home Butler's pantry at 812 Park Avenue, #11/12C (Douglas Elliman)
Not only do these separate spaces offer storage for china and silver that might only be used on special occasions like Thanksgiving, but modern inclusions like sinks, small dishwashers, mini-fridges and/or wine fridges allow for easy entertaining. They are most commonly found in prewar cooperatives, but some new developments have begun to incorporate them.

The Tower House, #5C (Douglas Elliman Real Estate)

860 United Nations Plaza, #PH3738B (Sothebys International Realty)

378 West End Avenue, #7A (Alchemy Properties Inc)

Pocket doors
Kitchen with pocket doors Kitchen with pocket doors at West End and Eighty Seven, #8A (Compass)
Open kitchens have become the norm in new developments because they allow for uninterrupted light and flow. Unfortunately, this also puts dirty dishes and crowded counters on full display. Some new developments have incorporated pocket doors to offer the best of both worlds: the chance to close off the kitchen during high-traffic times, and the ability to open it up.

Sutton Manor East, #8C (Compass)

West End and Eighty Seven, #8A (Compass)

200 Amsterdam, #40A (Brown Harris Stevens Residential Sales LLC)

155 East 79th Street, #9/10 (Corcoran Group)
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